Museum funding shift

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SUNDERLAND museums are set to see a slice of £5.6million funding for Tyne and Wear Museums.

Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums (TWAM) will now receive its funding from Arts Council England instead of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

During the next three years, a total of £5,633,000 will be given to the organisation, which operates museums across the region, including Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens and Monkwearmouth Station Museum.

Alison Clark-Jenkins, regional director of Arts Council England, said: “TWAM provide a world-class museums service to the people of Tyne and Wear.

“TWAM have a long-standing reputation for collaboration and innovation and we are very pleased to continue our support for this way of working.”

Iain Watson, TWAM director, added: “TWAM has had a unique relationship with DCMS which has supported our strategic work across five local authorities and recognised our greater than local role.

“I am delighted with the confirmation that this funding is transferring to Arts Council, with whom we already have a very strong and positive relationship.

“The new relationship with the Arts Council will allow us to continue to work at a local, regional, national and international level in order to deliver the best strategic and joined up services for the people of Tyne and Wear, visitors to the region and our online community.”